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Road shows help Afghan poultry sector find new investors

The Balkh Chamber of Commerce and Industries held a series of poultry road shows in the past week in Mazar-e Sharif that let farmers and producers exhibit their produce and machinery and help attract new investors. Financial and technical assistance

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Breshna Sherkat signs USD 82mn worth of contracts

Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), Afghanistan’s national utility company, signed two different contracts worth USD 82mn with Gammon India Ltd and SIEMENS. The contract signed with Gammon India Ltd involves extension of a 500KV transmission line from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan

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Experts talk economics and media at Afghan-German Cooperation Media Meeting in Mazar

With the state of Afghanistan’s finances making headlines almost daily in national and international media, last week’s Afghan-German Cooperation Media Meeting in Mazar-e-Sharif dealt with the economy. The meeting gave the press an opportunity to talk with experts about trade

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Balkh airport revenue surges to USD 1.2mn in 2013

According to Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN), the Maulana Jalaludin Mohammad Balkhi International Airport has recorded a revenue of USD 1.2mn in 2013 compared to USD 400,000 in 2012. The source attributes the increase revenue to the provision of more facilities,

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Afghanistan wins UIC membership

Ministry of Public Works declared membership of Afghanistan to the International Union of Railways (UIC). “Afghanistan was in dire need of railways. Our country’s geographic and strategic importance has enabled it to win this prestigious membership,” said Public Works Minister

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Better tax collection system increases Mazar municipality revenue

The municipality department in Mazar-e-Sharif, capital of the northern Balkh province, has reported that its revenue has increased from 300mn AFN in 2012 to 400mn AFN this year. Mayor Mohammad Yonus Muqim linked the 40% boost in revenue to better

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Chevrolet opens a branch in Mazar-e-Sharif

US giant automobile company Chevrolet has opened a sales center in Mazar-e-Sharif  along with a spare parts center and a workshop. “We have established an office in Mazar for two reasons–first, security situation is better in Mazar and second, demand

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Services and construction sector declining in Kabul, Mazar and Kandahar-ACCI report

According to a recent report by the Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) with collaboration from a German organization, construction and service sector have slowed down in Kabul, Mazar-e-Sharif and Kandahar City this year, compared with 2012. The manufacturing

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180 Afghan families in a village to benefit from a power project

Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) has begun work on the installation of power poles and extension of power line from Mazar-e-Sharif city to Rubat village in Jamtal district of Balkh. Costing USD 40,000, the project is funded by the National

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‘Donkey Ambulances’ developed to carry Afghan women in labor

A donkey saddle has been invented by the British charity HealthProm to carry women in labor across Afghanistan’s difficult terrain so that they can get the medical care they require. Afghanistan has a high concentration of donkeys. Up until today

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Afghan women display their handicrafts in Mazar-e-Sharif

In a bid to find access to market for their products and to improve their financial situation, Afghan women in Mazar-e-Sharif have put on display their handicrafts products in one of the city’s  highly-crowded marketplace. “Twenty women will participate in

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Cornerstone laying ceremony for German-funded faculty building in Balkh

On July 30th, 2013, the cornerstone for the new Faculty of Public Administration and Policy was laid on the new campus of the Balkh University in Mazar-e-Sharif. The deputy governor of Balkh province, the chancellor of Balkh University, a representative

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US traders evince interest in investments in Balkh

American entrepreneurs expressed their interest in investments in Mazar-e-Sharif, the capital city of northern Balkh province, at a meeting of traders held by the provincial chapter of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI). Addressing the meeting, ACCI head

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German Consulate to be established in Mazar-e-Sharif

In an attempt to further strengthen relations between Germany and Afghanistan, the Germany government plans to establish a German Consulate in northern Mazar-e-Sharif. Addressing a press conference on Saturday, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said his country would stand by

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Teacher Training Academy launched in Balkh

On Tuesday, 30th March 2013, a new TVET Teacher Training Academy (TTTA) was inaugu-rated in Mazar-e Sharif in Balkh Province. The ceremony took place in the auditorium of Balkh University. The German Government is supporting Afghanistan in its effort to

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Flights suspended in Balkh due to heavy flooding

Flights have been cancelled in northern Balkh province since Tuesday as a result of heavy flood that has gushed water into the airport’s terminal and runway. Governor’s spokesman Munir Farhad acknowledged the flooding had also damaged some airport terminal equipment.

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30% decline in houses and land prices in Balkh

Residents and property dealers have expressed concerns about the aftermath of 2014. According to them, as the deadline for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan draws closer, there is likely that property prices decline drastically. Property dealers said that

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Underground market established in Balkh

An underground market in Balkh’s capital city, Mazar-e-Sharif, was inaugurated Wednesday by the city’s municipal. Mohammad Muqeem said the market is built at a total cost of 49,700,000 AFN with funds provided by a private business enterprise in Balkh. According

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New Year Festival, a good opportunity for marketing Afghan products

On the days of Mila Gul-e-Surkh in Mazar-e-Sharif, sales of Afghan products witness a drastic increase. Mila Gul-e Surkh, the Red Flower Festival, is an ancient 40-day event that takes place in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif. Thousands of Afghans from

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Balkh to assist Ghazni in their preparation for the 2013 ceremony

Balkh officials have expressed their willingness to participate in the reconstruction process of Ghazni. Ghazni is preparing itself for the 2013 ceremony, when the city will officially receive its title as the center for Islamic Culture and Civilization. Head of

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Government increases security measures on major highways leading to Mazar-e-Sharif

Police force in Baghlan and Samangan provinces has adopted security measures on the highways leading to Mazar-e-Sharif, where many Afghans travel for the celebration of Nawroz (New Year). Checkpoints in several parts of the highways have been set up. With

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ISAF to renovate Afghanistan’s Salang Tunnel

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has pledged to provide USD 11mn in financial assistance for the renovation of Salang Tunnel, Afghanistan’s only major south-north route. Crossing the Hindu Kush mountain range under the treacherous Salang Pass, the 2.6km (1.6

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Railway track has become a problem rather than a solution to Afghan traders

The 75km railway track built in Hairatan port of Mazar-e-Sharif-e-Sharif with financial support from the Asian Development Bank was aimed at addressing the problems of the Afghan traders. However, traders in Mazar-e-Sharif have recently complained about the railway track. The

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Disconnected cable over the Amu River causing power outage

Three days of power shortage have made the cold winter season for Mazar-e-Sharif residents intolerable. “It has been three nights that we do not have electricity during the cold winter season. Fuel prices are high as well. Those who can

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International conference on strengthening trade between Central Asia and Afghanistan

An international conference aimed at strengthening trade between central Asian countries and Afghanistan was held in Balkh, Mazar-e-Sharif. More than 70 economic and business experts and representatives from the United Nations Economic and Social Commission attended the conference. Behzad Rahmatov,

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